First things first: what would Valentine’s Day be without sweets? Gaby et Jules on Forbes has two special Valentine’s macaron collections — Cupidon and Chocolate Lover’s — along with a very special romantic dessert, La Passion, hand-crafted by Chef Piquard, featuring a velveteen-coated dark chocolate mousse surrounding a creamy passionfruit filling, served on a hazelnut chocolate brownie. Sounds good, right? Down the street on lower Murray, you can find gorgeous cupcakes and cookies at Pink Box Bakery.
If candy is on your list, there’s candy of any and every kind at The Chocolate Moose, or for more European tastes, stop in to Margaret’s Fine Imports. Don’t forget to pair it with a beautiful, one-of-a-kind bouquet from Squirrel Hill Flower Shop.
For last-minute gifts, Cheeks on Forbes has Mad Mac’s and Only Hearts intimates that are tempting for Valentine’s Day! Or check out the beautiful women’s clothing and accessories at Capriccio Boutique on Forbes. Classic Lines bookstore, Ten Thousand Villages, Games Unlimited and Mexico Lindo have great gifts for valentines of all ages. If you’re in a hurry, pick up a gift card for a package at Massage Envy (trust us, guys – we love these!). If you’re doing the homemade thing this year, Artist & Craftsman Supply on Hobart Street has everything you need to make something special.
Getting ready for a big night out? European Wax Center on Forbes is open until 8 p.m. to get you primped, or get a last-minute appointment at Tula Organic Salon & Spa (one of Pittsburgh’s only full-service organic salons & spas).
Dinner reservations downtown are booked, so skip the wait and take your sweetheart to one of Squirrel Hill’s 50+ restaurants and eateries. Murray Avenue Grill is hosting a special surf & turf and lobster tail dinner tonight, and there are Valentine’s Day specials happening throughout the business district. After dinner, relax with a movie at the Manor Theater, or grab a nightcap at the Independent Brewing Company or its neighbor Hidden Harbor on Shady Ave.
The options are endless, but no matter what you do—take time to enjoy the ones you love on Valentine’s Day!